Tuesday, December 04, 2007


Eight members of the LGU Squad will assemble in St Andrews this weekend, December 6 to 9, for pre-match practice, ahead of selection for the 2008 Curtis Cup, which will be played for the first time over the Old Course, St Andrews, from May 30 to June 1. USA-based players will attend a one-day training session on December 19.
The Curtis Cup hopefuls will play a match on the New Course against a team from Stirling University on this the last training session before selection.
Captain Mary McKenna, pictured right, said, “ Match practice and good competition is very important at this stage and it is great to have a competitive game in St Andrews. With the help of our coach Lawrence Farmer, we will be working mainly on the short game and course management.
“Several of the squad will be competing in the Orange Blossom tour in Florida in the New Year, while most of the home-based players will also compete in the Spanish championship (February 27 to March 2).
"US-based players will be competing in collegiate events. We will be looking at results over the winter, as well as past performances when we come to select the GB&I Curtis Cup team in early March."
In addition to golf practice at the training session, one of the most successful GB & I Curtis Cup players, Julie (Hall) Otto will be spending time with the squad, giving advice and sharing her experiences. Julie, twice British amateur champion, participated in five Curtis Cups from 1988-1996.
Following the departure of Melissa Reid (Chevin), Rachel Bell (Ganton) and Jenna Wilson (Strathaven) to the professional ranks, the squad includes the experience of 2006 Curtis Cup team members Tara Delaney, Naomi Edwards and Breanne Loucks.
Also named are 2007 Vagliano team members, Liz Bennett (Brokenhurst Manor), Krystle Caithness (St Regulus), Sahra Hassan (Vale of Glamorgan) and Kerry Smith (Waterlooville).
While most of the players selected for the match at St Andrews may be those with extensive international experience, the way is clear for younger players to impress the selectors. Sally Watson (Elie & Earlsferry), Henrietta Brockway (Yeovil) and Florentyna Parker (Royal Birkdale), members of this year’s successful Junior Solheim Cup team, must already be in contention for selection.
LGU Squad:
Liz Bennett, 25, Brokenhurst Manor.
Carly Booth, 15, Comrie.
Henrietta Brockway, 17, Yeovil.
Krystle Caithness, 18, St Regulus.
Tara Delaney, 21, Carlow.
Naomi Edwards, 24, Ganton.
Jodi Ewart, 19, Catterick.
Sahra Hassan, 20, Vale of Glamorgan.
Rachel Jennings, 19, Izaak Walton.
Breanne Loucks, 20, Wrexham.
Danielle McVeigh, 20, Royal County Down.
Florentyna Parker, 18, Royal Birkdale.
Kerry Smith, 35, Waterlooville.
Michele Thomson, 19, McDonald Ellon.
Sally Watson, 16, Elie & Earlsferry Ladies

Captain, Mary McKenna.
Manager, Tegwen Matthews.
Coach, Lawrence Farmer.